Alessio Ascalesi

Alessio Ascalesi (22 October 1872 – 11 May 1952) was an Italian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and Archbishop of Naples.

Alessio Ascalesi

Cardinal, Archbishop of Naples
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ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed7 March 1924
Term ended11 May 1952
PredecessorMichele Zazza di Zapponeta
SuccessorMarcello Mimmi
Other posts
Ordination8 June 1895
Consecration8 August 1909
by Domenico Serafini
Created cardinal4 December 1916
by Pope Benedict XV
Personal details
Birth nameAlessio Ascalesi
Born22 October 1872
Afragola, Kingdom of Italy
Died11 May 1952(1952-05-11) (aged 79)
Naples, Italy
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MottoUt ad Deum ascendam
Coat of armsAlessio Ascalesi's coat of arms
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Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal
Alessio Ascalesi with Herbert Plumer, 1st Viscount Plumer in the center & Luigi Barlassina the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem on the right, 11 August 1926


Ascalesi was born in Casalnuovo, near Naples. He joined the priesthood and entered the Seminary of Spoleto. He was ordained on 8 June 1895. He joined the Congregation of the Most Precious Blood. He worked as a priest in the diocese of Spoleto from 1895 until 1909, doing pastoral work.

Pope Pius X appointed him Bishop of Muro Lucano on 29 April 1909. Ascalesi was transferred to see of Sant'Agata dei Goti on 19 June 1911, and was promoted to the metropolitan see of Benevento in 1915.

He was created and proclaimed Cardinal-Priest of San Callisto by Pope Benedict XV in the consistory of 4 December 1916. He participated in the conclave of 1922 that elected Pope Pius XI. Pope Pius transferred him to the metropolitan see of Naples on 7 March 1924. As Archbishop, he declared the 1925 Amalfi earthquake an expression of God's wrath for short skirts in current women's fashion. He also participated in the conclave of 1939 that elected Pope Pius XII.

He died at Naples in 1952.


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Michele Zezza
Archbishop of Naples
7 March 1924 – 11 May 1952
Succeeded by
Marcello Mimmi